weakness

[ week-nis ]
/ ˈwik nɪs /

noun

the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's character; slight fault or defect: to show great sympathy for human weaknesses.
a self-indulgent liking or special fondness, as for a particular thing: I've always had a weakness for the opera.
an object of special desire; something very difficult to resist: Chocolates were her weakness.

Nearby words

  1. weakheartedly,
  2. weakish,
  3. weakishly,
  4. weakling,
  5. weakly,
  6. weal,
  7. weald,
  8. weald, the,
  9. wealth,
  10. wealth tax

Origin of weakness

First recorded in 1250–1300, weakness is from the Middle English word weikenes. See weak, -ness

SYNONYMS FOR weakness
1. fragility. 2. flaw. See fault. 3. penchant, passion, hunger, appetite.

Related formsnon·weak·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for weakness

weakness

/ (ˈwiːknɪs) /

noun

the state or quality of being weak
a deficiency or failing, as in a person's character
a self-indulgent fondness or likinga weakness for chocolates
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Word Origin and History for weakness

weakness

n.

c.1300, "quality of being weak," from weak + -ness. Meaning "a disadvantage, vulnerability" is from 1590s. That of "self-indulgent fondness" is from 1712; meaning "thing for which one has an indulgent fondness" is from 1822.

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Idioms and Phrases with weakness

weakness

see have a weakness for.

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